Margot’s life has entered a period of upheaval, due to a cheating husband and the resulting split. Margin continues on with her main job as a teacher, along with her sidelines as an agony aunt “Dear Amy”.
Life becomes far more difficult when Margot starts to receive letters from Bethan, a girl abducted and never found in 1998. What’s strange is that a pupil of Margot’s, Katie, has also been abducted.
As we follow the development of Katie’s abduction, we also find more about Margot’s hidden past. As said in Dear Amy, the truth always wants to get out.
The author makes great use of time in this novel. We only continue to find out about Margot’s past as it is revealed to others. I greatly enjoyed the slow uncovering of this story. Margot is extremely interesting character, the style of writing in Dear Amy allows the reader to thoroughly get inside Margot’s head, to understand her fears and insecurities like they are your own. I really liked that Margot had insecurities, and had suffered through some difficult times. In fact, Margot’s back story made the novel feel complete whilst providing an intrinsic part of the storyline. It also makes her devolvement very real.
We are also provided with the story of Katie’s abduction and this contrast keeps the novel moving briskly along. Initially the writing from Katie’s point of view prior to the abduction did feel a little stereotypical of what the author thought a teenager would behave like, however I do understand that this was used as a plot device. This still would have worked if toned down a little.
On the whole this was a well written book, with an interesting plot. More importantly I found this an enjoyable book to read. 4 stars.
This book will be released on 16 June 2016 in UK and 18 Oct 2016 in the US
****Disclaimer -NetGalley and Penguin UK kindly provided me with an e-ARC for my honest review. This is my honest review****